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Motor vehicle accidents: 3 dead following New Jersey crash

A single-vehicle crash is still being investigated by state police after three people died in a rollover. New Jersey police confirmed the deaths of three individuals, though they have not been publicly identified, pending the notification of next-of-kin. For the moment, as with many motor vehicle accidents, the cause of this crash remains a mystery. 

According to a witness who was driving behind the vehicle, at around 3 p.m., the car was headed eastbound on the Atlantic City Expressway when the crash occurred. For reasons unknown, the car suddenly rolled over before veering off the road into a wooded area. All three individuals in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police opened and closed lanes for some six hours to facilitate their investigation into the accident. Emergency crews were able to extricate the totalled vehicle from the woods just after 9 p.m. The relationship between the driver and the other passengers in the vehicle has not been made clear, but it is possible they were members of the same family. Police have not commented on what they think may have caused the crash, but they have not ruled out negligence, recklessness or even intoxication at this time.

Of course, when at-fault drivers die in motor vehicle accidents, no criminal charges are pursued. However, the family of the deceased passengers have legal recourse if New Jersey police prove the driver contributed materially to the crash. They could choose to file wrongful death lawsuits in civil court against the driver's estate, and possibly anyone else with ownership interest in the vehicle involved. This is true even if the complainants are related to the driver.

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